Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
OLIVIA BALLE & KRISTEN MAECLEM
The designers set out to prove that you can create beautiful and unique clothing out of waste. With a name derived from trash and fish, TRISH is the outcome of research into the Maximalist ‘more is more’ aesthetic, which conflicts with sustainable fashion’s more typical attitude that less is more. Using carnivalesque techniques, Balle and Maeclem play on the expected and unexpected, the weird and the wonderful. Unique pattern cutting and textile development enabled TRISH to be created from 100% post-consumer waste — fabric salvaged from university rubbish bins along with unconventional materials such as chip bags and soft drink cans. The final garments boldly emphasise the sheer abundance of excess stuff in existence.